Hawaii-based Pasha Hawaii has taken delivery of the ‘George III’ from Texas shipbuilder Keppel AmFELS, the first LNG powered vessel to fuel on the US West Coast and the first to serve Hawaii.
The 236m long containership is the first of two new Ohana Class containerships to join Pasha Hawaii’s fleet, serving the Hawaii/Mainland trade route. Operating fully on natural gas from day one, the new Jones Act vessel surpasses IMO 2030 emission standards for ocean vessels, representing what is said to be the most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly vessel to serve Hawaii. Energy efficiencies are further achieved with optimised engine and hull form, and an underwater propulsion system with a high-efficiency rudder and propeller.
Pasha Group President and CEO George Pasha IV said: “Today marks a moment in time that will be remembered by many of us, including my family and our incredible team members at Pasha Hawaii who worked tirelessly to bring George III to life. As we welcome the new George III to the Pasha Hawaii fleet, we stand incredibly proud of the perseverance and commitment of our partners at Keppel AmFELS, and the skilled men and women at the shipyard on this tremendous accomplishment. We look forward to beginning service to Hawaii in August and taking delivery of the [sister ship] Janet Marie later this year.”
David Wedgeworth, President Keppel AmFELS, said: “We are pleased to deliver Pasha Hawaii’s first LNG-powered containership. By working closely with Pasha Hawaii, we were able to resolve operational challenges posed by Covid-19 and deliver the vessel to their satisfaction. Built to Keppel O&M’s proprietary design, George III exemplifies our engineering and design expertise as well as our in-depth experience in LNG.”